GAA to investigate after fan becomes embroiled with player

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

LIMERICK’S GAA officials are to meet this Monday evening to discuss the unsavoury scenes that have marred the county senior football championship final.

LIMERICK’S GAA officials are to meet this Monday evening to discuss the unsavoury scenes that have marred the county senior football championship final.

Dromcollogher-Broadford and Newcastle West will meet again next Friday at 7.15 in the Gaelic Grounds after their final in the Irish Wire Products Ltd sponsored Limerick SFC ended all square, 0-13 to 2-7.

After a goal in either half from James Kelly Newcastle West looked on course for their third title and a first in 20 years.

However late points from Micheal Reidy and Derry McCarthy ensured a replay, the same as when these western rivals met in 2004.

While the contest was one of the best football finals in recent years it is the off-field drama that formed all after match discussion.

Newcastle West’s James Kelly was sent off, for a second yellow card offence, in injury-time at the end of the game.

However, while Dromcollogher-Broadford took a quick free in an effort to secure the equalising point, James Kelly was confronted by an angry supporter as he departed the field.

The supporter made his way towards the middle of the field and became involved with the Newcastle West player, appearing to strike the former inter-county attacker.

The spectator then departed the field of play before the attention of the referee was drawn to the incident.

No action was taken by referee Richard Moloney.

However, Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan has confirmed to LeaderSport that the official has been requested to submit his match report prior to this Monday’s night’s CCC meeting in the Gaelic Grounds.

“It would be unwise to comment any further at this stage but it will be determined on Monday night if an investigation is to be launched,” said the Limerick GAA secretary.

Dromcollogher-Broadford secretary confirmed that they have called a club meeting for Monday night to discuss the issue.

“We will be launching our own investigation,” stated Denis O’Carroll.

The incident at the very end of the contest took the limelight away from an outstanding hours football.

Drom-Broadford led 0-8 to 1-4 at half time. But three points from Michael Quilligan on the resumption steered Newcastle West ahead and Kelly’s goal looked to have sealed victory until the late fight back.

SCORERS - Dromcollogher-Broadford: Micheal Reidy 0-5 (2frees), Derry McCarthy 0-3, Micheal Brosnan 0-2, Seanie Buckley, Garrett Noonan, Patrick McCarthy (free) 0-1 each. Newcastle West: James Kelly 2-2, Michael Quilligan 0-4 (3frees), Thomas Quilligan 0-1.

DROMCOLLOGHER-BROADFORD - Keith Noonan; Eon Barry, Dee O’Leary, Mike Boyce; Garrett Noonan, Tom McLoughlin, Gary Egan; Seanie Buckley, Jason Stokes; Cillian Fahy, Patrick Donnelly, Derry McCarthy; Ray Lynch, Micheal Brosnan, Micheal Reidy. Sub: Brian Noonan for Dee O’Leary (23mins).

NEWCASTLE WEST - John Joe Sheehy; Michael O’Keeffe, Darragh Woods, Michael Dowling; Shaun Browne, Stephen Nix, Sean McAuliffe; Iain Corbett, Mike McMahon; Shay Lyons, Stephen Kelly, Jamie Lee; Michael Quilligan, James Kelly, Thomas Quilligan. Subs: Brian O’Doherty for Sean McAuliffe (27mins), Paul Hannon for Shay Lyons (54mins), Brian O’Sullivan for Michael Dowling (54mins), Shane Kelly for Shaun Browne (59mins), Gavin Reidy for Paul Hannon, inj (60mins).

REFEREE - Richard Moloney (Bruff).